GEO Group UK Ltd, a private custodial and detention management firm, has chosen to protect its mission critical data with Securstore Cloud Backup and Recovery. As a wholly owned subsidiary of GEO Group, Inc, which operates over 100 custodial facilities across Europe, America, Australia, and South Africa, the UK group manages prisons, Immigration Removal Centres and Escorting services for the UK government. Supporting the public sector means the company needs a robust, flexible backup and recovery solution.
Securstore’s Cloud Backup solution Powered by Asigra ensures GEO Group UK’s entire enterprise digital footprint (storage, servers, desktops, and laptops on the enterprise LAN, as well as remote tablets, smart phones, and laptops) is fully protected. The agentless solution supports every major operating system, service platform and network application. This scalability is critical for GEO Group UK with its broad infrastructure and data security requirements.
Russell Sayer, IT Infrastructure Manager at GEO Group UK, said, “We needed a solution that could support our multiple sites and data types whilst meeting our stringent security requirements. We need to know that our data is safe, as well as being easily and rapidly recoverable. Securstore’s cloud solution lets our IT department focus its time and attention on supporting the business rather than managing and troubleshooting a complex in-house backup system.”
Sayer continued, “Security is critical to our business, so the value of having a solution that meets all of these requirements cannot be overstated. Securstore ticked every box and we are more than happy for them to manage our data backup long term.”
Multi-Tier Backup for Audits and Compliance
GEO Group UK is fully utilising Securstore’s unique multi-tier solution with critical and non-critical data predefined over 2 tiers of storage. By default, data resides in the primary tier (online). However, retention rules can be applied to move older non-changing data to the secondary tier (Backup Lifecycle Management – BLM).
This protection is crucial in a disaster situation as GEO Group UK is able to restore its critical data immediately. For data with less importance, it can be restored at a more time-effective rate. If it was restoring all its data in a single restore, it would be time consuming and hinder business continuity. BLM also allows the creation of historical snapshots at weekly, monthly or yearly intervals. These data copies are stored in the BLM vault for any predefined period of time.
Saaher Muzafer, CSO of Securstore, said, “We are happy to have GEO Group UK as a new customer and are looking forward to providing them a long term cloud backup solution. As the solution supports multiple sites and can be managed centrally, this will prove to be a great asset and help GEO Group UK save resources that can be focused on other projects.”